… the fact that financial aid has been channeled directly through NGOs, bypassing government institutions, has (over time) led to the substantial weakening of national government structures.
… educators can learn a few tips from some unlikely role models: the temporary schools erected in Port-au-Prince’s tent cities.
Some Haitians warn that reconstruction should not begin until further seismic studies are done.
… what does aid failure really look like? Has aid failed when a child in [Haiti] gets to eat three times a day instead of just once? Has it failed when it enables that child to attend a school that has just been built by an international fund? … Do we really think people will just suck it up and start picking themselves up by their own boot-straps when they don’t even have boots? It’s not likely the free market is going to set up a school or a health post in a far-flung village.
“We can’t build a country on aid. We can’t run our lives by projects. The women of Haiti suffer disproportionately in the policy environment, and so we must have a policy shift,” she said. “We can’t afford to have a business-as-usual attitude. We must ensure that in all rebuilding and reconstruction efforts, women’s needs, expertise and contributions are recognized.”
RANDOM: dang. these guys are probably raking in the dough